Category Archives: Creative Approaches

Challenge yourself with a personal FedEx Day

A huge challenge for entrepreneurs and small businesses is not becoming a commodity. The nature of the small business gig is that there are other small businesses in the same niche you are, and unless you make a conscious effort … Continue reading

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Look for solutions in nature

Wired Science shows how, quite often, solutions to problems already exist–in nature. For example: The long, tapered nose of the Shinkansen, the high-speed trains of Japan, were modeled after the beak of the kingfisher, which drastically reduces the resistance as … Continue reading

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Innovation isn’t always tied to R&D dollars spent

Steve Jobs has said that “Innovation has nothing to do with how many R&D dollars you have. When Apple came up with the Mac, IBM was spending at least one hundred times more on R&D. It’s not about money. It’s … Continue reading

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Heating homes and offices with computers?

Speaking as a life-long resident of the Northern Great Plains, I like this idea: A new paper from Microsoft Research The Data Furnace: Heating Up with Cloud Computing suggest a radical but slightly mad scheme for dealing with some of … Continue reading

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Innovation and observation

How often does a truly innovative product or service come from asking people what they need? Or is it more often the case that innovation happens when we observe people? Michael Fruhling has some observations about the value of observing … Continue reading

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The Neuroscience of Improvisation

Seed magazine has a fascinating article describing some recent studies of what goes on in the brain of a musician who’s improvising–that is, composing and performing music on the fly. There is something fascinating about the act of musical improvisation—that … Continue reading

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The Freedom to Innovate: “FedEx Days” at Atlassian

Atlassian is an Australian software company that wanted to experiment with giving their developers some freedom to work on their own pet projects. So they created something that they called “FedEx days.” During FedEx days, Atlassian developers have 24 hours … Continue reading

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Eight Suggestions for Better Brainstorming

Brainstorming has a bad reputation, mostly because most people have no clue how to run a brainstorming session. Gregg Fraley offers us “Eight Suggestions For Great Brainstorming/Ideation.”

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